Cuddy is the licenced Senior Instructor and has over 5 years of experience teaching in different motorcycle training schools in Calgary.
One-on-one instruction can be modified to be tailored to your needs
He has over 30 years of experience of riding different style motorcycles in over 35 countries. He opened Shifting motorcycle school to give students an opportunity to learn safely in a controlled environment with small class sizes and with a personal touch.
This course is developed for ANYONE wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle for the first time, those whom have a bit of experience, and those whom have ridden before but perhaps it has been a few years or more since their last ride. The target of this program is to set you up with a very good and safe foundation skill level of riding to help you get your motorcycle licence.
During the season we will be providing some select dates where we will teach a course exclusively to women. We have found over the years of teaching that it can create a less intimidating learning environment and develop some great camaraderie. This course would be perfect for a group of friends all wanting to learn to ride together.
This course is designed to give all riders the confidence to do minor work and repair on their motorcycle; things to check regularly, what needs to be lubricated, oil changes etc. We have found that knowing more about your motorcycle and how things work can be very empowering and helps gain confidence when riding as well as when you take your motorcycle in for bigger services.
For all our students that have graduated from our course, we can provide you with a motorcycle, helmet, jacket, and gloves if needed; delivered to the registry your are booked in with on the day in question. A fee of $80 will be applied for the delivery and use of our motorcycle for your test. To others wanting to rent a motorcycle for their road test, the fee is $120.
Cuddy is the licenced Senior Instructor and has over 5 years of experience teaching in different motorcycle training schools in Calgary. He has over 30 years of experience of riding different style motorcycles in over 35 countries. He opened Shifting motorcycle school to give students an opportunity to learn safely in a controlled environment with small class sizes and with a personal touch.
Cuddy has had a passion for teaching and racing his entire life. At a very young age growing up in Switzerland he migrated to anything that had an engine. Riding motorcycles for pleasure and for work. He worked as a medical motorcycle courier; having to deal with urgent deliveries while navigating traffic, narrow roads and local riding laws. All very instrumental in the development of his own safe riding skills and an important part of what he brings to the classes.
His enthusiasm for motor sports didn’t stop at motorcycles. When he was still living in Europe, he would regularly participate in local gymkhanas, hill climbs in the Swiss Alps and European road rallies. When he moved to Canada, he attended SAIT and completed the automotive service technology program and worked in various automotive shops. He later went to Germany and was trained at the BMW GmbH headquarter in Munich and received his qualifications as a licenced BMW high performance driving instructor.
Cuddy also worked as a local instructor for defensive driving skills and slippery conditions vehicle handling; teaching oilfield workers how to safely drive their vehicles in all adverse conditions. In 2013 he returned to racing and after building his rally car he starting racing in the Canadian rally championship and never looked back.
As you can see, his passion for motor sports and teaching has remained one of his top priorities in his life. He continues to share his knowledge and help new riders and drivers learn safe skills to better their confidence and experience.
Ryan is an awesome instructor. Very patient, very laid back but also very knowledgeable. The small group sizes are great - lots of time with the instructor. Would highly recommend him for anyone looking for basic or even advanced training. Thanks again, Ryan!
I did the learn to ride - women’s only class with shifting last summer. It was nice to have the small class size, I definitely benefited from having the extra attention, coaching and it was a great group. Ryan covered everything we needed and explained it all thoroughly. The time on the the lot was great and gave us the opportunity to practice the skills. I passed my exam the first time!
The owner of the school is an awesome guy that has been teaching me how to drive cars and motorbikes now for years. I really enjoy his attention to details and teaching style. I totally recommend the school for you if your a beginner or advanced it’s definitely the best place to Learn!
Thanks to Shifting and Ryan, for helping to see me through to my bike purchase, after the excellent training and skill growth from their classes. They helped with prospective bike selection, by taking the time to look at bike photos and particulars, and then explain what to look for, and what to look-out for! Great customer service and knowledge, and putting safety at the forefront. Thanks again, and I highly recommend the training put forth from this school.
I had a great experience learning to ride with a very knowledgeable and experienced teacher! I plan on taking more advanced classes with him and want to take my riding to the next level. Great class!
Thanks again to Ryan for this awesome weekend. Really enjoyed the small class and Ryan's calm and patient way of teaching made it easy to feel comfortable on the bike. Especially liked the slow speed excercises. They were very challenging but so fun! And also something lots of riders out there never learn... highly recommend this even for someone's who's been on a bike before!